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His Most Italian City

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Fascist Italy 1928. Trieste, once the port of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, has become Italian. As fascism strives violently to create a pure Italy along its streets, Matteo Brazzi is forced to choose his loyalties with care. When his office is bombed, the police are baffled, but Brazzi knows who committed the crime, and he knows why. Though he is no seaman, he can easily i ...more
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Published October 21st 2019 by Penmore Press LLC
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Sarah Kennedy
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a very fine novel about the conflicts in Italy and the surrounding territories that it claimed after World War I. The rise of Mussolini plays a big part, though the man himself doesn't make an appearance (which I prefer). The main character is not a likeable person--so much the better when his enemy is introduced!

There is a lot of information about submarines, and I've never really been interested in submarines--but in this book it's perfectly natural and I felt very close to the action.
Matt McAvoy
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is not just entertaining, interesting, well-written and professionally crafted, it is also educational and enlightening, with regards to a period of European history which is perhaps often overlooked. Set in 1928, in the aftermath of the first world war, Istria has fallen under the ownership of a now Fascist-run Italy, the land wielded and occupied with ruthless complicity by Mussolini. The formerly Croatian citizens now find themselves being naturalized by Italy’s ethnic cleansing of ...more
Keyla Damaer
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This story takes place at the dawn of the fascist era in Italy. After the Great War, a piece of land previously part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire is given to Italy. For thousands of people, it meant changing nationality and citizenship in the blink of an eye, but the repercussions of those events affected more than just their documents. Matteo Brazzi is not a fascist because he believes in fascism or Mussolini, but because as a good businessman, he understands when the wind is changing. Howeve ...more
Margaret Walker
Apr 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Review by Eileen Charbonneau, Historical Novel Society, May 2020.

Trieste is the city in question, but the smaller Adriatic city of Cittanova also figures prominently in this 1928-set historical novel. Mussolini wants to make Italy great again after the winning sides have carved up the former Austro-Hungarian Empire following World War I. Matteo Brazzi, Cittanova’s new mayor and cafe owner, only cares about himself. If it means promoting Fascism and “correc
Peter Batini
An intriguing plot that was somewhat spoilt due the lack of development of the many characters introduced. Only Matteo Brazzi, the owner of the Caffe Fascisti appears fully developed as the evil protagonist.
There are a number of interesting passages that describe the political, ideological and social situation in Istria in the 1920’s. These were in my opinion the best parts of the text.
I consider that the chapters and the chronological sequence could have been reorganised in order to ensure a be
Feb 08, 2020 rated it liked it
The book covers a fascinating period of Italy's history, covering the impact of the Fascist movement in the 1930s, on the everyday life of its citizens living in the North of the country. Having lived in that part of Italy, I can relate to the people, the towns and the events.
The main characters are well constructed in some depth, and are believable.
The author is clearly very eloquent and knows her subject matter very well. However, I found the book lacked pace and sadly, from my perspective, w
Averil Drummond
A beautifully descriptive novel giving insight into
a little known (to me at least) part of European history.
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Margaret Walker is a teacher. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Sydney and a Diploma in Education.

Between 1999 and 2001, she had six short stories published in Australia and the UK, and plunged head first into novel writing. His Most Italian City is her fifth novel but the first to be published, as she had a troubling tendency with the first four to give up after three r

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